Posted On 13. August 2017 In Church - Francis - Movements

“Let us take the first step”: The official hymn for the Pope’s visit to Colombia

COLOMBIA, Aica •

This past Wednesday [3 August], the official hymn for Pope Francis visit to Colombia on 6-10 September was chosen. The winning song, called “Let us take the first step” (in keeping with the motto of the papal visit), was composed by Carlos Corvacho and performed by the United Catholic Musicians group, who competed with nine other finalists from around the country.

More than 400 entries were received when the call was put out.  The jury consisted of singers Fanny Lu and Maía.

The jury who elected it, as part of the “Sing to the Pope” contest was formed by Maía and Héctor Tobo, as well as Frs Juan David Muriel and Juan Alvaro Zapata.

The United Catholic Musicians will sing it live for Pope Francis at the Simón Bolivar de Bogotá park on 7 September.

They will also record the official hymn in a studio and will be released on 14 August.

Lyrics to the song “Let us take the first step”

Messenger full of joy

You are sent from the Lord

You come like rain in the desert,

Giving hope to our people.

We wait for you with open doors,

Our hearts ready

To receive your blessing

 

Chorus:

You bring us light, you bring us peace,

You bring us words of truth

And our people will be able to

Find God in freedom.

You bring us light, you bring us peace,

You bring us words of truth

And our people will be able to

Find God in freedom

 

Hearts full of joy,

Colombia receives you today

United in midst of barriers and devastation

We want to offer you our song.

 

We await you with open hearts,

Our hearts ready

To receive your blessing.

 


Source: aica.org.ar

Original: Spanish. 5 August. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town South Africa

Let us take the first step: on the Eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Colombia

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